Why Follow a Program?
I think it is important to discuss the idea of a program, and to discuss the reasons fo,r in my opinion, the necessity of following a structured program.
For many people, especially those who have some familiarity with resistance training or spent some of their life inside a gym themselves, it seems like a pretty simple equation. Start at a low weight, increasingly add weight every week.
I think it’s a fairly simple procedure, yet in large, there a lot of people who guess wrong, and the dog suffers the consequences for the incorrect guesses. One of the largest reasons to follow a structured exercise program is that it creates consistency. Consistency is needed for progress. You can’t teach a dog to sit, or have a well executed, prestigious heel… if the only time you practice is every Saturday afternoon for 15 minutes. Same applies here. Having a program that outlines each week and each session is not only EASIER, but it creates the consistency needed for results! Regardless if your goals with your dog are to hit the competitive scene, or to just get outside and have some fun learning something new, or to develop better muscle strength and tone for an adjacent sport, consistency is key.
Accountability should be tied hand in hand with consistency. I know for myself, that if I let myself slip, I am not making it to the gym as I should. The same goes for you and your dog with your CRT sessions and resistance training. Accountability, as the handler, helps manifest consistency. Having those outlined weekly sessions give you some accountability and standard to keep regimented with your training.
Lastly, and who am I kidding——It’s FREAKING EASIER! Very few times in life, I suggest taking the easy way out….but the work is ALREADY DONE for you. I follow an exercise program that is delivered to my phone every single week, and I created the same thing for you and your dogs! If you are far away want to get started, you have all you need! Including an online community to help keep you motivated during the process! It is easy! You don’t have to think, you don’t have to guess, or do some mathematical equation…It’s already done for you. For beginners, this is the best way to begin your journey into resistance training!
If you want to get started and don’t know how—- start at Level 1. This gives you all foundational theory and concept and the 12 week outline that will get you started on the right foot! After that, I’m sure you know what to do next ;)